Regardless of whether your kids attend public, private or parochial, chances are their school is always looking for ways to raise much-needed funds to pay for enriching extras. Parents are often called upon to give money. But there are also lots of fun and easy ways for families to get involved in the fundraising process that involve donating your time and creativity, not your cold hard cash.
A few years back, I wrote a post featuring 7 successful large-scale fundraising projects I helped oversee at my son's school when I was PTA president. Today I'm sharing 9 simple fundraising ideas that can be implemented relatively quickly. In fact, inspired PTAs could get a couple of these off the ground before spring break arrives! You may have heard of some of these before (hello, bake sale) but I've included tips for ways to maximize profits and enjoyment.
Westfield, NJ is a Union County town that brings together small-town charm and metropolitan appeal. The downtown area is home to well-known retailers, trendy boutiques and an abundance of restaurants, from fine dining to casual eateries. Westfield is a family oriented community, and there’s no shortage of family restaurants to choose from. With popular chains as well as neighborhood establishments, there’s always something to satisfy hungry little ones. Here’s a taste of the many kid friendly dining options in Westfield.
This three-step project lets kids feed their backyard birds and create fun outdoor hanging decorations at the same time. Pick up some bird seeds at the hardware store and let the kiddos pick their favorite shapes. Even if you live in an urban area, you may be surprised at what little birdies will be attracted to your feeder hung prettily in your window.
Located in the center of NJ, Ocean Grove brings small town living to the Jersey Shore. At just one square mile, it's a family friendly town that offers relief from the crowds, noise and commercialism that can be found at other beaches. With its gingerbread cottages and quaint main street, Ocean Grove has a 1950's feel that makes it a great destination for families year round. For information on great small towns in North Jersey, check out our posts on Millburn, Nutley and Chester.
This bitterly cold winter has left many parents looking for ways to entertain their stir-crazy kids. On days when heading to the local park isn't an option, indoor play spaces can be a parents best friend. If your little monkeys are bouncing off of the walls, some of the indoor entertainment options listed below might just give you a few hours to catch your breath. For even more ideas, visit our Indoor Play and Rainy Day Activity Guide.
The fact that these apple chips are really easy to make and a great, healthy snack isn't even the best thing about them. With just a few minutes of prep, your home will start smelling like apple pie while they bake—and they taste just like apple pie too. They do take a while to bake slowly, so it's slightly delayed gratification, but I promise they are worth the wait.
There may not exactly be flowers blooming and birds chirping just yet, but lo and behold, spring events are starting to pop up on our radar! Get an early start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with festive parades in Seaside Heights and Asbury Park. Or take the kids to learn about the first signs of spring through nature with the Reptiles program at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, a Toddler Hike at Manasquan Reservoir or a Discovery Saturday at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum, all about the first flowers of the season. And remember, you can find a full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
It’s that time of year again! March rolls around and all you want to do is drink green beer, eat corned-beef and cabbage and celebrate your Irish roots (even if you don’t officially have any). But, are there any child-friendly St. Pat’s Day activities in NJ? You bet your lucky charms! Grab your little leprechauns and march on over to any of these great family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations for NJ kids and families or check out our March Go List with activities and events across the whole state.
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